Motorists are tunnelling their way to accidents by combining selfies with reckless driving while zooming through the 9.02-km long horseshoe-shaped Atal Tunnel, the world’s longest motorable tunnel, in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district.
A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the tunnel, beneath the majestic Rohtang Pass on October 3, three accidents were reported with the motorists driving recklessly.
The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), a wing of the Defence Ministry blamed the local authorities for not deploying the police to monitor the movement of motorists.However, with the raising of serious objections by the BRO, the state government has now deployed the police after 48 hours.
The letter, accessed by IANS and addressed to the Advisor-cum-Principal Private Secretary to the Chief Minister, clearly specified the requirement of police.
Also, the BRO asked the civil authorities to station fire brigade personnel at the tunnel.
“Three accidents were reported in a single day on October 4. The cause of the accidents was largely reckless driving,” he said.
He said the CCTVs recorded that a few motorists stopped their vehicles midway while crossing the tunnel to take selfies.
“No one is allowed to stop the vehicle midway and no overtaking is allowed despite the tunnel being double-lane, Purushothaman added.
Inputs included from Times Now News